01 March 2014

Journey to the Past is 4!!!!

I have been blogging for four years today.  I wasn't sure I would blog for four months, let alone four years.  Blogging for the past four years has given me far more than what I have given others, I believe.  

I have made numerous contacts through blogging.  I have geneafriends, aka other bloggers, that I can go to if I have questions, or need advice, or just need a pep talk.  I have a support group that is beyond compare.  I have been contacted by numerous family researchers, some related, some not. I enjoy this aspect of blogging the most.  "Cousins" have shared stories and pictures of our related ancestors and I have reciprocated, whenever possible.  Researchers have contacted me with questions and I enjoy interacting and responding with these researchers.  My Michigan research posts have been quite popular and I hear from others telling me how it helped them in their research.  I enjoy helping others.

This past year showed a slight rise in the number of posts I wrote compared to 2012.  I am still not back to my levels in my second year, but I hope to get back on track in 2014.  I haven't run out of ideas, yet , and to think I was worried that I would run out of ideas when I first started blogging.

Thank you to all those who follow, read, and promote my blog.  Thanks to my readers who take the time to leave a comment or send an email.  The feedback is greatly appreciated and motivates me to blog more.  In closing, I will leave you with a list of the top five all time blog posts based on page views.

  1. Gobsmacked-NEHGS has E Books
  2. Ancestor Biography-Otto August Fredricks
  3. Pure Michigan Genealogy:  Migration and Immigration
  4. Lt. Col. Merle M. Glover-Tombstone Tuesday
  5. Sojourner Truth-Tombstone Tuesday (one of my local Battle Creek, Michigan posts) 


  1. Happy 4th Blogiversary, Brenda. I think I've been with you from the beginning and am very glad for that. You've had many wonderful posts, and I thank you for them. Now go have a piece of cake.

  2. Brenda, happy Blog anniversary! This is my 1st visit to your blog. Very attractive set up. Wishing you many more happy posts, exciting discoveries & a future filled with the past.

  3. Barbara, Thanks I appreciate the support you have given the past four years.

    Colleen, Welcome! Thank you for your kind words.

  4. Happy Anniversary! Can't believe it's been four years. Congrats.

  5. Kirsten, I have you to think for it all!

  6. Congratulations on four successful years! Your blog inspires me in my own blogging efforts - thank you!
    -Mary B

  7. Mary, Thank you for your kind words. Keep blogging, you are doing a great job.

  8. Congrats on four great years, Brenda!!

  9. Thank you, Julie! I appreciate the support.